I've been meaning to ask this for ages,this doesn't apply so much to mountainbikingmore the road.
I've mentioned before I'm a keen racer but more of a field filler 6th in an open road race was my best.
Anyway I would feel mildly embarassed if I turned up to race with the best I could buy, does anyone else feel the same? it's as if Ultegra was made for me
Obviously everyone doesn't feel the same way. I recall getting back into cross last year and rushing for the start because I saw all these wonderfull bling bikes lined up it was a Ti, carbon and Yeti fest. Turned out these were novices? Then a few weeks back I was oggling a full on uber blinged Orca at the start of a RT, I got to oggle it a few minutes later as it was the slowest riden bike out there.